IL FAIT DU TEMPS performed by SANDRINE FRANCOISE

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Those French are getting balladic again, but can it go three places higher than Tash did in Copers?

Already being seen as a big favourite by fans (the same fans who thought Natasha St Pier unbeatable last year), Il Fait du Temps is *well*... only OK, yet undeniably French.

There's no doubting it's a sophisticated song, miles away from the stereotypical ESC blueprint of Lisa Del Bo and XXL, but in spite of all the well-meaning howls and guitar solos, I do find it quite boring.

However, as a man who wouldn't have even considered putting Natasha in the Top 5 last year, it just goes to show how much I know, although it must be said that French national pride will this year be far too pre-occupied in retaining the World Cup than worrying about Sandrine's standing on the scoreboard.

EUROREF SAYS: The French are difficult to predict, and are known to peak early in
the tournament. I'm going to play Dick's Advocaat and predict an early shower.
So, see you all in Paris in 2003.
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